Deeg pitches complete-game shutout as Chippewas stay alive in MAC Tournament

Central Michigan 4 | Ball State 0

After dropping its first game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament to the third-seeded Miami Redhawks 10-5 Wednesday, the Central Michigan baseball team kept its season alive by defeating No. 2 Ball State 4-0 on Thursday in Avon, Ohio.

Starting pitcher, junior Nick Deeg earned a complete-game shutout for the Chippewas. Deeg allowed four hits and finished with eight strikeouts. 

Up 1-0 in the seventh inning, the CMU batters gave Deeg some insurance runs. After an RBI single from junior catcher Robert Greenman, the bases were loaded for sophomore outfielder Daniel Jipping. 

Jipping doubled down the right field line to bring in Greenman and senior outfielder Ryan Heeke. The Second Team All-MAC selection, Jipping, gave the insurance runs the team needed for the victory.

Seven different Chippewas registered a hit while two others got on base with walks. Ball State finished with four hits. 

Central Michigan will be back in action at 1 p.m. on Friday against either Western Michigan or Miami (Oh). 

The Chippewas took two-of-three from the Broncos at Theunissen Stadium last week.

"It was a very important game. Nick (Deeg) pitched very well and our defense played well behind him," said Head Coach Steve Jaksa. "The insurance runs are important because it puts pressure on the other team. (Our team) will be ready to play against whoever shows up (tomorrow)."